Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar

The mother-in-law recently hit a big milestone birthday so the whole family got together to celebrate. We took her to Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar to satisfy her seafood craving. It was a large party of 9, once you add in the parents, sisters, their spouses, little brother and us. A big group means more food to try!

We had a reservation and were seated at a roomy table by the window. Plenty of natural light comes in during the day due to the huge windows. The lunchtime menu is only one page and does not have any options for kids. The waitress suggested sharing one of the sandwiches for the little brother.

As a starter, Dennis and I ordered the Clam Chowder. This was a chunky and savory chowder that included potato and bacon strips as well as the usual clams. It was seriously one of the best chowders we've had in a while. The little brother had never eaten this type of soup before and kept asking for more and more. It was also accompanied by these hearty cheddar biscuits that we broke into pieces to dip in the chowder. At least, that’s how I’d eat it.

This was the OTHER version of "clam chowder" in a poutine fries style. We had debated between this and the soup but luckily someone else ordered it. The fries were crispy and as a whole worked well in this form but the soup was still the winner.

I shared some fresh oysters with one sister-in-law and her husband. This set of 6 included pairs of hood canal, Ironside Select and one other (can't remember). I am a newer fan of oysters and still remember how good these were with the light sherry sauce that I had first sampled at Taste of Little Italy.

Dennis's little brother ordered this (to share with father-in-law). I think he only managed to eat 2, plus bits and pieces of everyone else's food, before calling it quits. We claimed one of the claws for ourselves in exchange for some chowder. Dennis went to work cracking our claw. If it weren't for him, I'd be too lazy to eat things like these haha.

We had to order the Lobster roll with brown butter mayo, crispy shallots, and chives. I like the buttery and crusty bread here much better than SuperNatural Sandwiches. The lobster pieces were plentiful under the fried onion bits. I read somewhere that they use 1lb of lobster! It definitely is stuffed!

Mmmmmmm.... lobster goodness. I admit I’ve eaten more than my share quite a few times so had to remind myself to stop halfway so that Dennis would get his share, especially after working the claw for us.

For a main entree, Dennis ordered the grilled yellowtail with sauce vierge, made with olive oil, lemon juice and chopped tomato. This fish had a gorgeous sear on the outside and stayed moist yet flaky so we enjoyed it. I didn't really care for the accompanying saffron rice and creamy but sweet slaw. For the price, I think I'd rather have another lobster roll.

I believe father-in-law ordered the Wahoo fish plate with lemon butter.

The seafood paella contains fish, chorizo, shrimp, clams, mussels, and tomato. I don’t remember anything in particular about this dish but maybe I didn’t try it.

Dennis also ordered a drink cuz that's how he rolls.

After finishing a huge lunch, they brought out a dessert and we sang happy birthday to the mother-in-law!

We had a very pleasant gathering at Ironside Fish & Oyster. Our waiter was attentive and everyone enjoyed the food. It also wasn't as expensive as I imagined seafood to be so that was another plus. I'm down for another visit, maybe even enough to brave any lines for their happy hour and $1 oysters. What about you?

Ironside Fish & Oyster Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar
1654 India Street
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 269-3033

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J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats's picture
Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:15pm

Um hi I'll brave lines with you for the $1 oysters :D

And the chowder fries are interesting, I don't think I've seen that before at Ironside but the clam chowder is quite good on its own so...

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Submitted by lynn on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:35pm

dennis isn't into oysters so i guess that means more for me at events! i wonder what kind of oysters i had at the latin food festival... i ate several of those yummy briny things. glad that faye has posted about several oyster places so we should go check out one of those too!

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:53pm

I was just here over the weekend! I thought the food was ok. Happy bday to your mother in law :)

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Submitted by lynn on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:32pm

i liked the two items we ordered best, the lobster roll and clam chowder. can't wait to read about what you tried!

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Submitted by Laura @ Sprint ... (not verified) on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:38pm

I LOVE their lobster roll! And those biscuits... swoon-worthy!

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Submitted by lynn on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:30pm

best lobster roll i've had in SD so far. also had a delicious one recently from Slapfish (from OC/LA area) during the st. regis jazz event i attended.

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Submitted by Soo @ hungryones (not verified) on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 8:54am

The lighting on your photos is impressive! I like how everything is evenly lit and you don't have that flash glare in the front.

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Submitted by lynn on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:28pm

it was great natural lighting so Dennis didn't need flash. lunch is the best meal to visit a restaurant!

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Submitted by Fran @ G'day So... (not verified) on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 11:50pm

Interesting that the plaque on the sidewalk mentions the various battles at Dunkirk (Dunkerque). I love oysters and all kinds of seafood so this place will be a 'must' for me when I arrive in San Diego at the end of October. Lynn, I hope to see you at some of the SD Food Bloggers events soon!

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Submitted by lynn on Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:26pm

ooh i didn't even notice anything but the restaurant name (but probably because i'm not familiar with that battle myself!). i am still impressed that you teach me things both on and off your blog! maybe there will be a holiday social we'll both get to attend! :)

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Submitted by James (not verified) on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 10:02am

Great review! The food at Ironside looks super tasty. Hit me up if you wanna do the $1 oysters :)

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 2:12pm

will do! you definitely will need a break from your crazy busy testing schedule!

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Submitted by Annie (not verified) on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 10:40am

Those biscuits!!! And Ironside is the place that taught me to love oysters :)

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 2:13pm

i must have more oysters here then! maybe order a few varieties so i can see what the difference in taste is! can't wait!

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 2:17pm

Okay, those cheddar biscuits look totally amazing! I’m guessing that’s an island of bacon in the middle of the clam chowder? I’d totally just eat that for lunch.

Ohh, brown butter mayo… that is definitely interesting and new. I’m happy to see they use a New England style bun, too. I’m missing lobster rolls since my trip back East so I may just have to check that out. Plus crispy shallots! That’s got my name written all over it!

I haven’t checked out Ironside yet but this post is definitely encouraging me to make up for that!

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:10pm

bacon yes! those two are definitely the best cooked items here... i think i wanna revisit supernatural to eat their lobster roll to compare. or wherever else has lobster rolls worth checking out!

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